Photos: At Sambhar Lake I Saw Dead Birds and Nobody Knew Why
This is not the Sambhar Lake I knew of. 
This is not the Sambhar Lake I knew of. (Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)

Photos: At Sambhar Lake I Saw Dead Birds and Nobody Knew Why

After a news report was published last week that thousands of migratory birds were found dead near Rajasthan’s Sambhar Lake, I decided to visit the lake myself and see how grave the situation really was.

I was at the lake at 10 am on Friday, 16 November, and I couldn’t believe what I saw. The lake was a deathbed for all migratory birds. The rescue officials kept all the dead birds in polythene bags and the ones that were injured were placed in cardboard boxes.

There were birds which were alive but were unable to walk. The birds in critical condition were being sent to the treatment center which was 15 km away.

The birds which were in critical condition were being sent to the treatment center which was 15 km away from Sambhar Lake.
The birds which were in critical condition were being sent to the treatment center which was 15 km away from Sambhar Lake.
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)

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There were more than 15 species of migratory birds at Sambhar Lake at that point of time. There was a veterinary doctor and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) at the site looking at the ailing birds.

Injured birds were placed in cardboard boxes. 
Injured birds were placed in cardboard boxes. 
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)

The doctor wasn’t able to identify the reason for the catastrophe as on Friday. But the next day, I read in various news reports that illegal salt mining activities in the area could be one of the reasons.

I just hope they identify the cause and ensure such an incident never happens again. I was there till 6 pm in the evening. The stink of the carcasses was overpowering. It was difficult to stand and watch.

The lake was a deathbed for all migratory birds.
The lake was a deathbed for all migratory birds.
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)

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More than 5000 birds were found dead at Sambhar Lake. 
More than 5000 birds were found dead at Sambhar Lake. 
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)
The rescue officials kept dead birds in the polythene bags.
The rescue officials kept dead birds in the polythene bags.
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was at the site.
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was at the site.
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)

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There were birds which were alive but were unable to walk.
There were birds which were alive but were unable to walk.
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)
There were more than 15 species of migratory birds at Sambhar Lake at that point of time.
There were more than 15 species of migratory birds at Sambhar Lake at that point of time.
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)
It was a tragic sight and I wish it never happens again. 
It was a tragic sight and I wish it never happens again. 
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)

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The officials were at work round the clock. 
The officials were at work round the clock. 
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)
I was there till 6 pm in the evening and the stink of the carcasses was overpowering.
I was there till 6 pm in the evening and the stink of the carcasses was overpowering.
(Photo Courtesy: Samyak Soni)

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